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Chart Chat Edition 685 – W/C 06.01.13

Chart Chat Edition 685 – Week Commencing Sunday 6th January 2013

There were four re-entries, thirteen climbers, fifteen songs going down and eight non movers on this weeks chart. There was no change at the top for James Arthur who spent a third week at no.1 with ‘Impossible’.  He sold a further 74k copies this week leaving him just 29k short of a million selling debut single. His success meant that once again featuring Britney Spears were in the runners up spot with ‘Scream And Shout’.

Psy celebrated his twentieth week on the chart with ‘Gangnam Style’ staying at no.3 while Bruno Mars climbed two places to no.4 with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’.  Taylor Swift went up two to no.5 with ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ but Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida fell two to no.6 with ‘Troublemaker’. Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko climbed five to no.7 with ‘Stay’ while Rihanna’s other track ‘Diamonds’ was a non mover at no.8.  Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin climbed back up two places to no.9 with ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ and the top ten was rounded off by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande who were a non mover at no.10 with ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’.

Four climbers and one re-entry were to be found in what remained of the top twenty. Pitbull featuring Tjr climbed nine to no.12 with ‘Don’t Stop The Party’ and Kei$ha went up two to no.13 with ‘Die Young’. P!nk climbed eight to no.14 with ‘Try’ while Calvin Harris featuring Tinie Tempah re-entered at no.15 with ‘Drinking From The Bottle’.  The final climber went to Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch who went up seven to no.18 with ‘Sweet Nothing’.

There were three re-entries and five climbers in the lower half of the chart. DJ Fresh climbed back up three places to no.22 with ‘Gold Dust’ while Carly Rae Jepsen went up eight to no.25 with ‘Call Me Maybe’. Disclosure featuring Sam Smith also climbed eight to no.27 with ‘Latch’ and Jay-Z & Kanye West went back up seven to no.30 with ‘N***** In Paris’. Sam & The Womp climbed six to no.33 with ‘Bom Bom’ while Florence & The Machine re-entered at no.35 with ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’. Ellie Goulding re-entered at no.36 with ‘Anything Could Happen’ and the final re-entry came at no.40 and went to Rudimental featuring John Newman & Alex Clare with ‘Not Giving In’.

It’s good to see the new release schedule slowly but surely returning to normal and first up this week is ‘Trust Me I’m A Genius’ by Bath based band of brothers Family Rain. Although it packs a mighty punch it’s running time comes in at only just over two minutes. Rough Trade have 250 copies of the heavyweight 7″ vinyl format but the track is also be available as a single track download. Some feel that the song has a retro rock feel to it but other journalists have compared it to The Beatles ‘Helter Skelter’ even ’99 Problems’ by Jay-Z. They will undoubtedly be one of the bands to watch in 2013 so if you want to say you were there from the beginning you could do worse than to snap up a copy of this limited edition run. Might even be worth something in the future, you never know! However in terms of this week I can’t see this selling enough copies to make the top forty next Sunday.

Next up for review is ‘Waiting For You’ which is the brand new single by Swindon based singer / songwriter Josh Kumra.  As an artist he released his debut single ‘Helicopters & Planes’ (which featured a guest apperance from Roc Nation rapper K Koke) last year but it failed to chart.  He did however provide vocals on Wretch 32’s chart topping hit ‘Don’t Go’. The digital format of the release comes with three new mixes; the Wookie Remix, the Fink Remix and the Cinematic Remix. The live version of the track can be found on his iTunes Festival EP which was recorded at the Camden Roundhouse and also contains his performances of ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Helicopters & Planes’.  His debut album has now been completed and is scheduled for release in mid February. I think this single will end up doing well for him and could well go on to give him a debut solo top forty hit.

It’s been four years since Bon Jovi last charted with ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow’ but this week sees them return with a new single ‘Because We Can’.  It’s the first single to be taken from their forthcoming studio album ‘What About Now’. The pinacle of their career came back in 1986 when their ‘Slippery When Wet’ album sold 28m copies and featured perhaps their best known song ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. That compares to a much more modest 3m sales for their last album ‘The Circle’. Although they had four US no.1 singles they have never topped the charts in the UK with their highest charting single being ‘Always’ which reached no.2 in 1994.  This may not be their finest single but it will still keep the fans happy ahead of their UK stadium tour which is scheduled for the Summer.  Given the lack of major artists releasing singles this week it could well be a top ten entry next weekend.

Although the track was originally by Lethal Bizzle & Donae’o it is the remix of ‘Not A Saint’ by Dirty House star Vato Gonzales which is set for an official single release this week. The digital format of the release contains a two and a half minute radio edit of the track alongside an explicit extended mix. Lethal Bizzle has achieved six top forty hits in his career with is biggest remaining his debut hit ‘Oi!’ which featured the More Fire Crew and peaked at no.7. Donae’o has remixed ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ for The Streets and he also appeared on a version of ‘Fit But You Know It’. He released his own 2009 album entitled ‘Party Hard’ but like Vato Gonzales is yet to trouble the top forty in his own right. While this will undoubtedly go on to become a big club hit it remains to be seen whether it can manage to cross over and become a hit on the mainstream chart.

‘Helix’ is the latest single from the highly rated French electronic duo Justice.  It’s released on 12″ vinyl and is another track lifted from their top forty album ‘Audio, Video, Disco’. They have yet to reach the mainstream charts in the UK with their biggest hit being ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ which peaked at no.48 in 2007.  That track made the top twenty in Finland and France but their biggest single in Europe was ‘Civilization’ which peaked at no.5 in France but also made the top thirty in Belgium and Spain.  The ‘Audio, Video, Disco’ album saw them reach a wider worldwide audience with top thirty placings being achieved in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark and Switzerland while it also peaked at no.37 in the US. Given the fact that this is being lifted from a 2011 album I can’t see even the remixes shifting enough vinyl or downloads to see them secure a debut UK top forty hit.

Eighteen year old British rapper, songwriter and producer Fugative returns this week with the release of his brand new single ‘O.T.T.’.  The digital format contains various different mixes including a radio friendly version, an explicit edit and two versions of the Runaway Remix of the track. He first came to prominence when he was just 14 years old as his debut single ‘It’s Summertime’ reached no.2 on the UK Urban charts. Although commercial success initially eluded him ‘Crush’ became his first (and so far only) top forty hit which made no.26. He has backing from some of the biggest names in the business with Mz Bratt and Wiley guesting on his ‘Go Hard’ single while Ed Sheeran and Sway featured on his 2011 track ‘Home’. I’m not sure that the release of ‘O.T.T.’ will secure him a return to the mainstream charts but it should be a success on the club charts.

‘A Stranger Among His Own’ is the latest single from the predominantly instrumental Trance act 1Touch. The digital format of the release features three versions of ‘At Home Among Strangers’ including the Sound Quelle Remix and the Global Influence Proglifting Remix along with the Perfect Vision Remix of ‘Small Town Hero’. The single is released on the up and coming New York based label Lifted Sounds which was the home to both of their 2012 singles ‘Impossible’ and ‘Better Alone’. Although my initial gut reaction is that this is a specialist track without any serious hope of making the top forty, sometimes these do sneak through and actually cross over into the mainstream charts. Both tracks have been available to stream on the Soundcloud website but only this week can fans look to purchase a copy for their MP3 players. A possible top forty entry beckons on Sunday.

Following on from 1Touch come another trance act 2 Reezone who release their brand new single ‘Polarity’ this week. It’s released on the Music En Route label which was set up back in 2008 by Polish DJs Pawal Meler and Mariusz Kopczynski. The digital format of the track includes three new mixes all of which possess a running time of well over six minutes; the Original Mix, the Paul Miller Mix and the Sound Players Remix. It’s the first single release for the band but they have previously remixed tracks by both P.E.M. and their label mates Sound Players. Given the lack of mainstream ‘pop’ singles being released this week something like this could take off, but unfortunately in the downloads era we are much more likely to see older tracks going back up the charts than more obscure dance singles such as this gaining a foothold inside the top forty.

Finally this week comes ‘A Wall’ by Natasha Khan’s vehicle Bat For Lashes. It’s the third single to be taken from ‘The Haunted Man’ which peaked at no.6 on its release last year. She has had relatively little success on the singles chart although ‘Daniel’ did reach the top forty, peaking at no.36. That particular single was also her biggest hit in Europe, going on to reach the top five in both Italy and Belgium. She has won numerous awards in her career including an Ivor Novello for ‘Daniel’ while she has also been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and Best British Female at the 2008 and 2010 Brits. The download only features one track which gives fans who already own the album little incentive to purchase it. With no accompanying vinyl edition being released this week it would seem the chances of this hitting the mainstream charts look fairly remote.

Also released this week are ‘Lies’ by Deap Valley, ‘Backseat Freestyle’ by Kendrick Lamar and ‘Stay’ by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko.

This week may finally see the James Arthur bubble burst and I think featuring Britney Spears may finally be rewarded for their patience. Don’t forget to stop by next week when artists releasing new singles look set to include Biffy Clyro, Everything Everything, Mick Hucknall and 50 Cent featuring Eminem & Adam Levine. Until then have yourself a good week.

Ian Anderson

6 January, 2013 - Posted by | ChartChat

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